Professor Lovenduski receives ECPR Lifetime Achievement Award

Lovenduski’s work has helped to define and develop the field of gender and politics within political science

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Joni Lovenduski, Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, has been given the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Lovenduski has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2007 and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009. She is Chair of the Editorial Board of Political Quarterly and a member of the editorial boards of British Politics, The British Journal of Political Science and French Politics.

A former member and vice chair of the ECPR’s Executive Committee, Professor Lovenduski has also served on the ESRC Research Grants Committee and the Research Council of the European University Institute.

She has provided advice on enhancing the role of women in decision-making to the European Commission, UNECE and to the Council of Europe.

In 2007, she won the Political Studies Association Special Recognition Award for her contribution to political studies. In 2009, she won the Gender and Politics Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics. In 2013, she received the UK Political Studies Association’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies.

Professor Lovenduski has published widely on gender and politics and her current research is on gender and political representation, gender and parliament, European Equality Agencies and public policy debates.

The ECPR jury said that this award has been made in recognition of “the crucial role that Joni Lovenduski has played in defining and developing the field of gender and politics within political science. Spanning more than thirty years, her pioneering research on the political representation of women, the selection of female candidates for elected office and the roles of women in political parties, has contributed new empirical data and advanced new conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches, challenging the gender-blind assumptions of contemporary political science.

“Her research has also reached beyond the academy, influencing the recruitment strategies of political parties and, more generally, highlighting the role of, and challenges facing, women in politics.  

“Joni Lovenduski has made an outstanding contribution to political science in Europe and is a worthy recipient of the ECPR’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Professor Lovenduski said: “I am very pleased to be given this award. It is recognition not only of my own work but also of the growing and important field of feminist political science.”

Professor Matthew Davies, Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, said: “Congratulations to Joni on this prestigious award. Her work on gender and politics is recognised across Europe. She is an inspiration to her colleagues and students alike.”

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